Mikel Arteta hints Aubameyang will be frozen out after West Ham game

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks set for a spell on the Arsenal sidelines as Mikel Arteta continues to punish the shamed striker for his disciplinary breach.

The Gabonese forward has already been stripped of his captaincy by manager Arteta and now looks set for an indefinite stint out of the side.

Aubameyang was absent from the Arsenal squad which beat Southampton 3-0 at the Emirates on Saturday, having not trained with his teammates the day prior to the match.

It is believed the striker was dropped by Arteta after returning late from a trip abroad and it appears as though the 32-year-old has some way to go to make amends with his manager.

Speaking ahead of the Gunners' Premier League clash with high-flying London rivals West Ham on Wednesday night, Arteta explained that Aubameyang would not be involved in the squad "for now" and added that there is a need for "a little bit of time to heal".

"I don't have much more to say," Arteta responded when probed about Aubameyang. "It's a really clear statement from the club. It's a decision we have made following the last incident with the player. This is where we stand.

"There has been a lot to digest and a really difficult decision to make. We need a bit of time."

The revelation that Aubameyang is likely to be frozen comes shortly after the club issued a statement clarifying that he would be stripped of his captaincy following his misconduct.

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The club stated: "Following his latest disciplinary breach last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer be our club captain, and will not be considered for selection for Wednesday's match against West Ham United.

"We expect all our players, particularly our captain, to work to the rules and standards we have all set and agreed.

"We are fully focused on tomorrow’s match."

The incident is the latest episode involving Aubameyang who was previously dropped by Arsenal ahead of the north London derby back in March after arriving late for a team meeting.

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